My Creations

My pottery lessons are now done. I had six of them and managed to miss one. There were some successes and there were some failures. I ended up with a weird looking bowl (not pictured), a nice bowl, a little bowl for my boyfriend, a platter, and a mug and dish made by my teacher. The piece I am most proud of is my big bowl (the brown one). I had a really nice mug that took me three hours to make but it broke… hence the teacher making me a mug. It was awesome and I’m hoping to do a few drop ends before the end of winter/2015. If you’ve a chance to learn pottery do it if you a chance to learn from Denise Hughes do it. Take a look at my pictures and please don’t laugh at my mistakes… 
  
  

Downtime

This weekend was a 3 day weekend for me. Hallelujah! I feel like since Spring I’ve been on the go with travelling, concerts, events, work, camping and fun. This weekend we had plans to camp which were changed due to weather so I decided to take a “Blair Weekend.” I opted to stay home when Shayne went to Kamloops to store our camper and didn’t do much (I have a trip coming up this week, too). I got together with friends for a Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday but I managed to sleep at least 11hours each night, nap, relax, not wash my hair, ride my bike, and catch up on my television shows. I have come to realize that I don’t let that happen often enough. I slept a lot because my body needed it. So, here are a few things that I’m going to try and do more often:

1. Sleep in (past 7am)
2. Take naps
3. Have a day off where I have no plans and I go with the flow
4. Go to bed at a reasonable time during the week (Note: I already do this and am usually in bed around 9:30pm)

On that note, here is a picture of the deep fried turkey we had on Saturday night. It was DELICIOUS:

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Pace of Life

One thing that I have noticed over the past few years is that Pemberton (and Whistler) have a much slower pace of life. It seems like most people that reside here work to live and unlike big cities, they don’t live it work. For me and my sanity, that is fantastic because I used to live to work. This change in lifestyle for me has drastically reduced my stress and allows me to live a more balanced life. You see, the problem with me and my personality is my ambition and urge to reach goals and have amazing experiences is very prominent. Over the past 2 years I’ve had to redefine what success is to me and dial back my timeline for achieving goals. My ambition is still there and from time to time it causes restlessness, but hey, what can you do? I have the right people on my side (friends, family and coworkers) and I’m lucky to have Shayne in my life to balance me out and remind me it’s okay to just chill out and live day to day.

Living day to day seems like the mentality of the majority here. I like it. You know what? I LOVE it. It’s okay to have goals but it’s also okay to slow down and enjoy the pace that your life is at. I will achieve certain career goals at some point and I know that everything I do it working towards them. I know that I will eventually be a “good” skier and that this summer was amazing because of work-life balance (AND CAMPING). I know that due to my lifestyle changes, moving to Pemberton, working for Whistler Transit and a few other factors I was able to pay off debt and set up RRSPs and a TFSA . Everything happens for a reason and I’m stoked to be walking hand in hand with life. So, how do you like to slow down and enjoy the pace of life?

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Lusting for Yoga

Almost a year ago I was told by medical professionals that I had to take a break from yoga due to issues with my ribs. After seeing a physiotherapist once a week and always working on my strength, I felt like I was ready to try yoga again. What perfect timing because Wanderlust Whistler was in my backyard. After spending the weekend camping at Driftwood Bay with friends, I used my extra day off to explore the festival. My friend, Tara, is into yoga so we wanderlusted together. So, what you need to know is that this is not a cheap festival. We bought a pass ($100) for Monday, august 4th and that got us 3 classes/workshops.

Together we planned out our day and decided to be there at 7:30am so we could ease into our journey. We got our tickets, schedule/map and a beautiful bracelet. We made our way to a room called The Mothership (sponsored by Kashi) and claimed our spots. A former coworker (from around 2005-06) would always rave about an instructor by the name of Janet Stone. Almost 10 year later I was finally able to take a class from her and WOW! The class was called Rhythm and Devotion and was 90 minutes, starting at 8am. We moved to our own rhythms. We danced with our own souls. We danced with other yogis. We connected with ourselves. This was BY FAR the best yoga class I have ever been to and I’ve been into yoga since around 2005. She has a magical way of guiding us through the practice while DJ HyFy played tunes. At one point we were having a mega dance party and we were coated in sweat….and this all happened before 10am.

We took a break to have breakfast and shop and there were many beautiful things for sale. I ended up with a new shirt!

After much debate we decided to go up Whistler mountain after our noon class. This was with Pradeep Teotia and it was called “Relax, Reset, Rejuvenate,” and although it was mellow-ish it was still very hard. He was really funny and deeply knowledge. After this 90 minute class the plan was to head right to another 90 minute class but our sweat drenched skin and open hips told us otherwise. We decided to head up the mountain for lunch, wineasana and to take some pictures.

It was a good decision to call it quits after 3 hours of yoga because on Tuesday my body was very sore….in a good way. This was a super awesome day and inspired me to continue with my practice. I guess you can say that this weekend reignited my lust for yoga.

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The Modular Home Community

My name is Blair and I live in a Modular Home Community*. There, I said it!

What is that? Well, to most people it’s a trailer park. Yes, that’s right, I live in a trailer park. When I first decided to move there and in with Shayne (who owns our home), I had an moral struggle. I didn’t want to tell people I lived in a trailer park. I was embarrassed. I was ashamed. Why? Well, what do you think of when you gear about someone living in a trailer park. It’s been about a year and a half and I love my home and I would like to tell you about life in the Modular Home Community:

Shayne and moi….NOT

Shayne and moi….NOT

  • Our home has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 in the bedrooms with heated floors), a large living room, deck, hot tub, shed, garden, 2 cats, 2 humans and a whole lot of love.
  • Our neighbors are all really friendly and we often socialize with them (well, not all of them but it’s like that in ANY neighbourhood).
  • We have a spectacular view of Mt. Currie.
  • We are a 3 minute bike ride to One Mile Lake.
  • We are a 5 minute bike ride to a lot of our friends homes (in ANY direction).
  • We are a 10 minute walk to “town”-pharmacy, grocery store, etc…
  • We have a hot tub and go in it almost EVERY night and love having friend’s over.
  • We have privacy (sort of) on our patio, so in the summer we can sunbath and relax.
  • We use propane to heat our home (we also have a fireplace).
  • In front of our home there is a field so we have space and privacy.
  • We are the nicer of the 2 trailer parks in Pemberton.
If these are my neighbours, I have yet to meet them!

If these are my neighbours, I have yet to meet them!

It took me some time to be able to openly love the trailer park. Maybe it’s because of the negative connotation that comes with it. We all have teeth. We are all human. It’s a great place to have a starter home. Sadly, we are nothing like Mrtyle Manor but I’m okay with that (I do wish we had a pool). We will outgrow the Modular Home Community as our family grows, but that’s many years away. So, if you see a modular home for rent or for sale, don’t over look it and if you are in Pemberton and want to see where I live, just let me know!

Lifestyle Resolutions: 2014 Edition

I’m going to be honest with you, I’m sick of people making new years resolutions that we all know they aren’t going to keep (and sharing them on Facebook). You know “the ones” I’m talking about. These people also like to recap their year (successes, failures, etc…). That is great that you have a resolution but don’t lie to everyone. Be truthful to yourself and to us Facebook stalkers and if you are going to do this, please be funny (and include pictures).

If these really are you goals, good luck and I hope you achieve them (really, I do). Your resolution shouldn’t be just for the new year, it should be a life resolution…. A LIFESTYLE. So, I will share with you my life resolutions/goals that I am always working on:

  1. To go on an annual trip with Shayne. I’m not talking about a trip to Winnipeg or Vancouver but a trip to somewhere new and exotic where we can explore new cultures and make awesome memories. Hopefully, in the fall of 2014 we will make this happen again.
  2. Feel good about my health. To me, this means being physically active a few times a week, getting Vitamin D and fitting into my pants. I hate tight pants so I quickly know when I’m starting to be “unhealthy.”
  3. Laughing. It’s true, laughter is the best medicine and I truly believe that it does amazing and wonderful things for the soul. If you don’t have daily laughter you need to take a hard look at your like or watch this video:
  4. To limit my cheese/milk product and gluten intake. As I’ve gotten older I’ve developed weird skin issues (I hide them well) and I’m asthmatic. I also have a cheese addiction…GO FIGURE. When I eliminate (or reduce) my intake of those items my skin and breathing are both drastically better. However, if I’m out and there is brie (or any cheese appie) YOU CAN’T STOP ME!
  5. Speak my mind. I always have and I always will tell you what’s on my mind. I believe in honest and integral conversations and when  I need to say something, I say it or I will burst.
  6. Keep on learning. Never stop learning. Always read, watch videos and ask questions. I feel that if I stop learning, I will be unable to contribute innovative solutions and ideas to my community.
  7. Love with all my heart. ‘Nuff said.

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So, what life resolutions are you currently practicing or putting into place? Cheers to a great 2014!

Days Off

The sanctity of a day off can be easily clouded by all of the fun things that life has to throw at you. This time of year can be busy with events, skiing, work, parties, parties and more parties. November and December are so busy with trips to Vancouver, Seattle, Vancouver again, Prince George and Kamloops that I EMBRACE and cherish my days off. Being once self employed, I saw days off as something different. Nowadays, I appreciate my weekends more than you will ever know!

This past weekend I had only 1 thing planned and that was to pamper myself. Once upon a time I was the girl who always has my nails done, went tanning and would always find new ways to pamper myself. Just after I moved to Pemberton a little spa called Ivy Esthetics opened and this was the last piece of the puzzle to make me feel like Pemberton is home. They are a spa and offer all sorts of beautification and feel good services such as tanning, nails, waxing, makeup application and facials. This weekend I got a pedicure and facial and let me tell you, this was a great way to spend my Saturday. They have very highend massage chairs so while my footsies were getting pretty my body was relaxing. They us Dermalogica product for the facial and I even bought some exfoliant. The staff is very talented and friendly and helped me revive my passion for pampering myself. I’ll be back for frequent pedicures and I’m now hooked on facials. What other spa services should I try? What qualities do you look for in a spa? I believe spas should be spelled “SPAAAAHH.”

Not me….but me.

Not me….but me.

I’m a Cheater

I don’t cheat on my man but I sure as heck cheat on my diet. Over a month ago I decided to cut out wheat and dairy. I had a disgusting addiction to cheese and I was feeling blah. I’m talking eating a while package of cheese strings…..Yah, gross, I know!

So, I cut ’em out and I feel great. However, temptation is all around me. I don’t find it hard to cut out the wheat and dairy unless I’m craving sushi or it’s someones birthday. I have decided that if I behave and temptation crosses my path (for good reason) I can have a little taste.  That isn’t so bad, right? I mean, I have hardly had cheese and that IS A HUGE DEAL! Oh yah, I have also cut out coffee (but I have it when I NEED it). What are your trips for staying on track?? Please help!

Here are some tools that help me survive: 

I do have to modify a lot of the recipes but that's easy.

I do have to modify a lot of the recipes but that’s easy.

Almonds

Almonds

Quinoa (with vegi soup broth)

Quinoa (with vegi soup broth)

Hot. Yummy. Teaaaaa

Hot. Yummy. Teaaaaa

 

Summer is here and I’m learning to bike (better), fish and other Pemberton activities. Follow me on my journey. Check back every Wednesday (ish) to see what I have been up to.

 

 

 

Pemberton: The Dangers of Biking

So, I’m not the most adventurous when riding my bike. I like to bike around The Meadows, to Miller Creek and to the Golf Courses (via the dike).  So, I have come to learn of a few annoying “dangers” out there and I’m willing to share my suggestions for a solution.

Danger 1: Getting hit by a car

Solution 1: Drivers, SLOW DOWN (especially if you see bikers on the road).

Danger 2: Driving into animal POOP (Bear, Dog and Horse)

Solution 2: Pick up your animal’s poop. If you aren’t able to do that, you deserve to step in a big pile of steamy shit because you are being an asshole to everyone who uses that path.

Danger 3: Bears

Solution 3: I have only ran into 1 bear and it was in the highway so I just kept going. I suggest you also keep going and let the bear be.

Danger 4: Falling off your bike due to root or rock.

Solution 4: Wear a helmet and do not wear flip flops ( I have learned this the hard way)

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Also, when you bike at night make sure you have a light on your bike or you are wearing some reflective gear. What do you think the biggest danger is when riding your bike in Pemberton (or anywhere)?

Summer is here and I’m learning to bike (better), fish and other Pemberton activities. Follow me on my journey. Check back every Wednesday (ish) to see what I have been up to.

Caesar Trail

My favourite bike ride is up and down Caesar Trail. You start at Highway 99 on the dike beside the creek and begin to ride.

You follow gentle winds on a wide path, past a field which is often full of grazing cows and end up on a road. The road has very little traffic and runs along side the river. You have the option of going to either The Black Squirrel (at The Meadows) or Big Sky.

They both have spectacular views. Round trip is about 6 km and always ends with a Caesar.

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Summer is here and I’m learning to bike (better), fish and other Pemberton activities. Follow me on my journey. Check back every Wednesday (ish) to see what I have been up to.